17th May 2022

Coffee morning raises thousands for DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Bradford on Avon Mayor, Cllr Katie Vigar | Photo courtesy of Trevor Porter

A coffee morning in Holy Trinity Church has raised nearly £5,000 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

On Saturday, 14 May, attendees gave an outpouring of support to our new Ukrainian residents.

Hundreds bought coffee and cakes, wrote on cards for a memory box or donated money.

The event, organised by Jane and Geoff Jones, raised £4,700 which includes £2,500 donated by Bradford on Avon Town Council.

“Thank you to all who attended the Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church yesterday morning to raise funds for The DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and who supported the event in so many different ways,” said Jane Jones.

Cllr Sam Blackwell

“It was an amazing morning, and we were delighted to be joined by so many of our new Ukrainian neighbours.”

Jane Jones and Cllr Sam Blackwell gave speeches to the attendees on the importance of the event.

Attendees also observed a minute’s silence followed by the Ukrainian national anthem.

In his speech, Cllr Blackwell said: “I cannot begin to thank everybody enough for all their efforts to rally behind the Ukrainian people.

“Every show of support, every time you say hello in the street, you host Ukrainian in your homes or just understand what is happening – it means so much to the Ukrainian people.”

The money raised will go towards food, water, medicine and protection for those fleeing war.

Cllr Alex Kay | Photo courtesy of Trevor Porter